29 Michelin stars worldwide (highest rated in the world)
Winner of Zagat Survey 2008 ‘best newcomer’ award
Winner of the ‘Menu of the year’ award – Caterer Cateys 2007
Awarded three rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2007
Won the ‘It’ Room award at the Tatler Restaurant Awards 2007
Awarded its first Michelin star in the 2007 edition of the annual Michelin Guide
Awarded second star in 2008 edition of the annual Michelin guide
Maintained second star in 2009 edition of the annual Michelin guide
Maintained second star in 2010 edition of the annual Michelin guide
Maintained second star in 2011 edition of the annual Michelin guide
Maintained second star in 2012 edition of the annual Michelin guide
“L’Atelier is about simplicity, quality and informality”- Joël Robuchon
Super chef Joël Robuchon (named chef of the century by his peers in 1990) opened his brilliantly successful restaurant tucked next to The Ivy club on West Street in September 2006: one of twenty branches of this innovative concept that spans across 3 continents of the world, boasting 28 Michelin star( the highest rated in the world) . The London venue offers L’Atelier on the ground floor, La Cuisine on the first floor and Le Salon Bar on the third floor.
It’s a cold evening in London and it has just stopped snowing , the city looks white, our reservation is at 7 Pm and we are slightly early. At the entrance door , a cozy environment designed by Internationally renowned designer Pierre Yves Rochon whose impressive projects include Le George V Hotel in Paris, recent revamp of Four Seasons Park Lane and The Savoy welcomes us in.
The feeling is of a winter garden, filled with plants covering the walls as sexy red lights warm us up from the kitchen.The rest is in elegantly dimmed down. Pierre has employed Robuchon’s signature colours and ideas throughout the building. The design reflects the aforementioned simplicity of the concept, providing a simple backdrop for the theatre of the kitchen. Sleek black granite surfaces and mirrors coupled with red leather upholstery contribute to the vibrant atmosphere. In keeping with the highest standards the cocktails served in Le Salon Bar are innovative or classic but all superb.
After having a drink upstairst at the glamorous subdued elegant Bar Salon , ( drinks arecreated with such care and imagination through a impressive range of wines and spirits will satisfy any connoisseur deserve a post on their own! ) and having a peak at their new addition, a terrace operating at Le Salon bar to offer alfresco drinking and fast becoming a new destination in town, we head to L’Atelier. We have the pleasure to sit at the Kitchen counter so we can better observe and interact with the the culinary and artistic performance by the several chefs in front of us and their operational dynamics.
L’AMUSE-BOUCHELemon jelly with fennel crème***LE POTIRONen soupe légère aux croutons dorésPumpkin soup with golden croutons***LE ZEPHYR AU FROMAGEcompromis sensuel entre un soufflé et une crème renversée à la truffeWarm cheese soufflé with black truffle coulis***Pumpkin risotto with winter black truffle***LE BLACK CODavec une mousseline de daïkon et citron vertBlack cod with daikon and lime mousseline***Pre-dessertYuzu ice lolly with popping candy***LA SPHEREau chocolat équatoriale, crème glacée au cognac, amandes craquantes caraméliséesManjari chocolate dome, crunchy almonds, cognac ice cream and caramel sauce***LE PARFUM DES ILEScrémeux aux fruits de la passion, granité au rhum «Royal Ambré Meyer’s» légèreté à la noix de coco.Passion fruit and banana cream with rum granite and a light coconut foamJoelle’s Picks:
13-15 West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE
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